Bavarian Musicians' Lexicon Online

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The Bavarian Musicians' Lexicon Online ( BMLO ) is a virtual personal encyclopedia on Bavarian music history , but also deals with a group of people that goes beyond music and beyond the borders of Bavaria. It unites prosopographies on a multitude of individual cultural studies topics and, with around 28,000 personal data records (as of 2014), is one of the most extensive biographical music lexicons worldwide. The BMLO is free of charge and can be used without registration.

Development history

The BMLO has been a model project in musicological lexicography since 2004 with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). In the joint sponsorship of the University of Munich , the Bavarian State Library and the Society for Bavarian Music History , the concept of bridging the gap between musicological and library knowledge, developed under the leadership of the Munich music historian Josef Focht, becomes clear. The BMLO primarily represents the state of research in musicological lexicons and standard works: through bibliographical references, the provision of literature with retro-digitized material (in full text or facsimile, if available and permitted by copyright) and links to academic Internet resources.

An individual deepening of all data sets is sought in a collaborative exchange with specialists (institutions and researchers) and is expressly desired.

Librarianship offers

Bavarian Musicians' Lexicon Online

place Munich

In addition to the serial retro-digitization of standard works such as Johann Gottfried Walther : Musikalisches Lexikon 1732 ; Ernst Ludwig Gerber : Historical-biographical lexicon of the Tonkünstler in two volumes (1790 and 1792) and the new historical-biographical lexicon of the Tonkünstler in four volumes (1810, 1812, 1813 and 1814); Felix Joseph Lipowsky : Baierisches Musik-Lexikon 1811 in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek around 600 virtual sources are integrated that are already available in libraries or research institutions, such as Robert Eitner's Biographical-Bibliographical Source Lexicon 1900 in the French Gallica or the Internet platform MUGI Musik and gender on the Internet of the Hamburg University of Music and Theater . In addition, there are tens of thousands of individual image and full-text digital copies provided by the BMLO editorial team.

By linking to the Common Authority File (GND), the BMLO offers bibliographies for every person in several academic library associations, such as the Bavarian Library Association or the German National Library , which can access the currently valid database of the affiliated libraries at any time.


The biographical data of the BMLO are integrated into the Virtual Library of Musicology (ViFaMusik) and the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online. The bibliographical data of all sources of the BMLO can be found in the bibliography of music literature online, the central specialist bibliography of German-language musicology.


Numerous BMLO data sets contain figures, graphics, and sample scores. If available and legally permissible, audio and video files are also included. Tabular media such as works directories by composers can be used via interactive user interfaces.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gallica